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September 20, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(3):160. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890030028010

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Each year thousands of physicians serve our schools in varying capacities. In many communities they serve only as part-time medical inspectors who give medical examination to children entering school in the fall without medical examination by the family physician. In other communities the physicians are specially trained in school health service and are employed as full-time school medical advisers to work with pupils, teachers and administrators in carrying out a planned program of educational and preventive medical services and health guidance throughout the year. In other less fortunate communities little if any physician's service is provided in the school; only in epidemics of measles, scarlet fever, food-poisoning or ringworm of the scalp is the local health officer called for help and advice.

Certain questions continually recur: is the time of the physician in the school most profitably spent in routine medical inspections; should physicians continue to cooperate in school medical

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